I am writing this in a manner not to offend my Catholic friends but I feel that the remarks that Francis has made about abortion, contraception and gay marriage are damning and damaging to the church and the morality of the nation. I do not believe in Catholic doctrine, everyone knows that. I’ve kept my peace…but this time Francis has opened up a can of ‘abortion’ worms. I saw the interview this morning with Dolan and thought….I wonder how long it will take to see this on the sidewalk? Hours….only HOURS. TRUTH

Has Francis backed away from abortion, contraception and gay marriage? Truth and perception are two totally different things. The media believes that Francis has loosened up while conservative Catholics say “it’s not what it looks like”. I think it is. Here’s why:

PERCEPTION: On the sidewalk today, a 60ish year old man in a Porsche Carrera convertible stopped on a very busy street around lunch time to tell us that “The Pope said abortion is okay!” and something to the effect that we don’t have to ‘do this’ anymore. Porsche Guy assumed we were Catholic drones that would do anything the Pope said and now we’re off the hook. Let me be clear: Even IF I were Catholic, I would not succumb to incorrect doctrine or a bad pope….but some would. Unfortunately, we’ve heard it with our own ears.

Anyway, I responded with ‘it wasn’t true what the Pope said’. Porsche Guy said, AND I QUOTE: “Tough shit, the Pope said so!” and races off. Coward. He should have parked that Porsche JUNK and chat awhile. I wonder why no one does when they have the fortitude to tell us off…anyway…

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently…..We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Read the rest here.

Disjointeddogmaticnot equivalentnew balance. This stinks of the same noncommittal attitude of the Gospel as Joel Osteen. I will say the one thing Francis is correct about is that the church WILL fall like a house of cards with this kind of attitude on sin.

Francis also said: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible,” he said. “The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” I disagree…if you do not address sin, you run with papal scissors. Basic human morality and salvation is at stake ALL THE TIME.

TRUTHFrancis just threw a wrench into solid doctrine because of his Jesuit roots. Don’t look so surprised, this was coming and it isn’t over yet; the implication is clear that Francis is zeroing in on the circumstance NOT the sin. That is not biblical but it is popular:

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32

It’s bad enough that Evangelicals and Protestants waver and hide with abortion and gay marriage, and now this? Francis opened the door to the ‘drive by’ we received today. I sure hope Francis doesn’t start traveling with ‘Nuns on the Bus‘; they are the epitome of social justice while forsaking the unborn, among other things. My family are liberal Catholics that have all kinds of opinions with no action,just like the Porsche Guy. I used to be one of them.

Cowards…all hat, no cowboy.

BUT the truth will prevail, Jesus is coming again regardless of me, Francis or Porsche Guy. The truth is valuable and it’s FREE:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

[COMMENTS: If you are led to make a comment on Catholic doctrine, please back it up with Scripture.]

You might be a wishy-washy Christian if:

You might be a wishy washy Christian if you:

  1. Always go to church without your Bible
  2. Don’t actually have a Bible
  3. Show up to church to show off
  4. Have never tithed because don’t think you have to
  5. Voted for Obama because he said he was a Christian
  6. Let your gay cousin talk you into thinking being homosexual is okay for some people
  7. Think abortion is okay in really, really bad circumstances
  8. Think Ken & Gloria aren’t so bad
  9. Think Hillsong has anything to offer the Church
  10. Watch Oprah because she’s spiritual
  11. Think having a glass of wine with friends is okay
  12. Have never read the Old Testament all the way through
  13. Think 50 year old Preachers look good trying to look 25
  14. Think the light show at church was cool
  15. Go to church for the coffee
  16. Still live with your boyfriend because you’ll get married someday, maybe
  17. Use the words emergent, paradigm or psychology in a sentence with ‘church’
  18. Still wear mini-skirts because you’re under grace
  19. Believe that being a great guy gets you ‘in’
  20. Have never really had a heart change, a revelation of the One that died for you.

If any of these apply to you, please read John 3:16….over and over again.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – KJV.

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